Westview earned its third straight IHSAA Class 1A girls sectional championship Saturday night in Emma with a 7-0 rout of Central Noble.
Coach Jon Jantzi’s Lady Warriors started slowly, going scoreless in the first 17 minutes. But when they got rolling, there was little Central Noble could do to stop them.
“We certainly were not as crisp with our passes and shots early on,” admitted Jantzi, who has directed the Lady Warriors to sectional titles in each of his three years as head coach. “But give Central Noble some credit for that. They came out with a lot of intensity.”
Stephenie Mowery finally broke the ice for Westview when she whistled an 18-yard shot past Lady Cougar keeper Kayla Dull. “Once we got that first goal, things began to click for us,” cited Jantzi.
Mowery would score again in the 29th minute off a crossing pass from Taryn Pruitt. That marker was sandwiched by a pair of Riley Hochstetler tallies – the first on a 20-yard rocket and the second on a header just in front of the CN net – which gave the hosts a 4-0 halftime cushion.
Pruitt, Amber Roth and Tori Oesch each found the back of the net with shots in the second half for Westview.
Though the 15-4 Lady Warriors will not have to play the team which has knocked them out of the last two 1A regional matches – Mishawaka Marian, now playing in 2A – they will meet a familiar foe in Argos this Saturday night. The Lady Dragons beat LaVille, 5-3 to win their sectional.
“It’s exciting to think we are going to a regional with a real chance to win it,” said Jantzi. “But Argos always plays us tough and did so again a couple weeks ago.”
Westview edged the host Lady Dragons, 1-0 in overtime on September 27.
The winner of the Westview-Argos battle returns to the same field on October 26 for the 1A semi-state.
Westview and Central Noble advanced to the sectional title match by virtue of 3-0 wins over Lakeland and West Noble, respectively.
Hochstetler netted two markers and Mowery one for the Lady Warriors in their win over Lakeland. Keeper Grace St. Clair made four saves.